When I first started cooking without grains, I quickly learned that almost all marinades, sauces, and even some spice mixes contain grains of one form or another. For me that was a major let down, as I work long hours but enjoy homemade meals. Not to mention that restaurants use grains of one type or another in their marinades, sauces, gravies, even in their au-jus which is supposed to be just natural juices! It took a while, but I learned to make my own creative seasoning blends.
Despite my ability to make perfectly fine every day dinners, once in a while I want a “different” type of meal. If you’re responsible for most of the cooking in your home, then you understand how nice it is to try something different that even you as the “chef” weren’t expecting.
So tonight, when I looked in my fridge, the idea of seasoning turkey cutlets with one dry seasoning blend or other was nearly nauseating. Although I have found a sauce or two that doesn’t contain grains, I still wasn’t in the mood for something smothered in sauce. I started to daydream about what I might want to eat if I were out at a restaurant in the days when grains were not off limits.
I immediately thought of stuffing. It has been so long since I’ve tasted the buttery, savory, grain goodness of stuffing. I tried to make grain free stuffing a few times, but that didn’t go so well. I decided to give it one more try; if it failed I could cover it in one of those sauces hanging out in my fridge. I kept thinking along the lines of what I might want if I ordered this in a restaurant. For a homemade meal, stuffed turkey cutlets would be fine, but I would never order that in a restaurant, I’d want the cutlets covered in some kind of sauce or something else that was packed with taste. Since I already decided against one sauce or another, I had to come up with something else to add pizazz to the turkey cutlets. As I thought about what I could cover the cutlets with, the answer hit me: BACON! Who doesn’t love bacon? Stuffed turkey cutlets wrapped in bacon; that is something that I would order off a menu!
So here’s what I cooked up:
8 thinly sliced turkey cutlets
1 ½ slices Grain free bread
1 Tablespoon butter (softened works best)
1 cup organic chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon rosemary
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
8 slices bacon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl crumble bread slices to make crumbs. Add softened butter to crumbs and stir in broth. When breadcrumbs are thoroughly moistened add seasonings. Let stuffing rest while you rinse and dry turkey cutlets. Place two tablespoons of stuffing on a turkey cutlet and roll so that cutlet surrounds stuffing. Wrap stuffed cutlet with bacon. Repeat for all remaining cutlets. Bake for 35-40 minutes depending on thickness of cutlets. Enjoy the amazing grain free goodness!